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Murder at the mansion,
This review is from: Brideshead Revisited [DVD]  (DVD)This film is a murder story. It's murdered a great book and taken it into the realms of middle class fantasy, rather than aristocratic grandeur. Emma Thompson changes her accent from Hampstead to aristo too often and as for Ben Wishaw! Gay hair dresser I would say, and brunette? Oh dear, this great work has been dumbed down to make it more accessible as a "chick flick." The only saving graces are Matthew Goode's Charles, Jonathan Cake's Rex and an all too brief Greta Scacchi as Cara, who was spot on. Hayley Atwell's Julia, doll like and moving at times, was far too manipulated in this adaptation to be considered nothing more than eye candy. There was not even one good drawing room scene at Brideshead; they obviously live in halls and dining rooms. Where were the great London scenes at Marchmain House? Why was Julia in Venice? Strange adaptation; it has a life of its own, yet no life at all. Truly the murder of one of the greats of modern literature. I can't give more than 2 stars (and that is generous), considering the raw materials the producers/directors had to work with. Not enough research has gone in to it; Ben Wishaw, in one of the features, admits to never having met an aristocrat. How could he then play one convincingly. Either do the job properly or not at all. Perhap, as an aristocrat I'm biased.
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2010 13:18:36 GMT
Tony Walker says:
Very Aristo-catty review!
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2010 20:49:23 BDT
Yes, but accurate I'm afraid.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2010 19:04:06 BDT
W. BUTLER says:
I thought you were far too kind. The moment one saw Julia sharing a gondola with Charles and Sebastion you knew the entire point of the book had been sacrificed in the name of extracting dollars from unsuspecting Americans who might think British film makers couldn't possibly have the nerve to both cannibalise and re-write a much-loved classic novel. All I'm left wondering is there any legal way to stop these guys systematically destroying our literary heritage in the name of making a fast buck? Haven't they any pride? Or is it simply their Freudian need to DESTROY what far more talented prior English generations once used to produce?
Posted on 20 Feb 2011 19:14:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Feb 2011 19:15:12 GMT
JJA Kiefte says:
Well, Mr Montagu, aristocrats have a long history of being biased; but in this instance your bias couldn't be more appropriate.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2011 10:26:02 GMT
Thank you. It is a truly awful film.
Posted on 7 Nov 2011 13:10:05 GMT
S. Ramsey-Hardy says:
Reassuring to know that class consciousness remains alive and well in England.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2011 20:32:23 GMT
Which is as it should be!
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